Jailed US Spy Tries to Collect From Russia

Ex-CIA agent sends son to get money, faces more time
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2009 6:02 PM CST
This undated file photo provided by the Central Intelligence Agency shows Harold J. Nicholson, 46, of Burke, Va.   (AP Photo/Central Intelligence Agency)
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(Newser) – A jailed spy who shared CIA secrets with Russia has improbably gotten himself into more hot water while behind bars, the Washington Post reports. Harold Nicholson, currently in the middle of a 23-year sentence, figured that Moscow still owed him money, so he got his son to travel around the world to collect it from Russian agents, say federal officials. Both he and his son now face a slew of charges.

The son, in his early 20s, apparently picked up $35,000 from various contacts around the world while following his dad's instructions. They faces charges of conspiracy, money laundering, and acting as an agent of a foreign government, the Post notes. In 1997, Nicholson became the CIA's highest-ranking officer to admit to espionage. He shared photos, documents, and the names of CIA students.